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Members of the Lincoln Serra Club are Catholic men who are active in their parish and committed to promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

> FIRST FRIDAY MEETING

The first Friday meeting holds a Mass followed by a lunch.

> THIRD FRIDAY MEETING

Members gather for lunch and a speaker who talks about some aspect of the Catholic faith. The goal of the meetings is to create an opportunity for spiritual growth and fellowship.

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Are you called to be a Serran?

The Lincoln Serra Club is very active in the Catholic community, focusing on supporting new and existing vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The following are a few of the long-time programs the Serra Club has sponsored for the Diocese:

Host the ordination receptions at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ.
Host an annual dinner for seminarians at St. Gregory the Great Seminary.
Host the graduation and reception for graduates, families and guests at St. Gregory the Great Seminary.
Host an annual golf outing for all Diocesan priests.
Conduct an essay contest on vocations at all Lincoln Catholic elementary schools. The club awards a scholarship to Pius X High School to the top three essays.
Host an annual dinner for seminarians and their parents.
Host an annual appreciation dinner for all Diocesan religious communities.
Host a luncheon for retired Diocesan priests.
Host a summer outing and barbecue for seminarians.

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SEMINARIAN POSTER
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Past Speakers and Meeting Highlights

June 21, 2024
3rd Friday Speaker – Joy Martin

Joy Martin, president of the Lincoln Curia of the Legion of Mary, spoke at our  3rd Friday Meeting on June 21, 2024

The Legion of Mary: An Apostolic Association Under Mary Immaculate is a lay, apostolic association within the Catholic Church, dedicated to serving under the leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces. Its members form a spiritual army engaged in the Church’s perpetual battle against worldly evils.

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May 17, 2024
Tour at Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Monsignor Timothy Thorburn explained the history of Calvary Catholic Cemetery. It was the parish cemetery for the first Catholic Church in Lincoln, which was St. Theresa’s before the Lincoln Diocese was formed in 1867. This church was at the corner of 13th and M Streets and was the “Proto-Cathedral” when the Diocese was started. Bishop Bonacum, the first bishop of Lincoln, consecrated the cemetery. In 1930 the cemetery was turned over to the Calvary Cemetery Association.

Monsignor celebrates Mass every Friday during the week at 12:15 PM for the Poor Souls in Purgatory whose remains are in the cemetery.

April 19, 2024 – Essay Winners

Pictured Left to Right (all from St. Teresa Catholic School):
– Annie Brox – 3rd place ($250 scholarship)
– Sister Mary Michael (Principal)
– Eleanor Pfeiffer – 2nd ($500 scholarship)
– Mrs. Kelly Pokojski (Teaches 8th Grade Religion and Art)
– Maddie Schinstock – 1st ($1,000 scholarship)
– Mrs. Brinnany Kudron (Teaches 8th Grade English)

Scholarships awarded are to St. Pius X Catholic High School

March 15, 2024
3rd Friday Speaker – Bishop Robert Finn

Bishop Robert Finn, chaplain of the School Sisters of Christ the King Convent, explained that in 2006, when he was a new Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Sister Wilhelmina asked him if she could move her convent, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, to his diocese. He asked what their vocation was. She said to pray for the sanctification of his priests. He welcomed them to come to his diocese. There were 14 sisters when they moved to the diocese. Sister Wilhelmina was the Foundress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.

Sister Wilhelmina died at the age of 95 and was not embalmed, placed in plain wooden coffin, buried in a shallow grave on May 30, 2019. Her coffin was dug up on the feast day of St. Louis de Montfort in May 2023 so her remains could be re-interred in their church. The sisters expected to find bones but discovered that their foundress’ remains, including her religious habit, were almost perfectly intact.

November 17, 2023
3rd Friday Speaker – Dennis Kellogg

Dennis Kellogg is the Director of Communication for the Diocese of Lincoln. His in charge of all internal and external communications within the diocese. He works with Schools and Parishes with their websites, crisis management, and legal issues. He supervises all media, the weekly TV Masses in Lincoln and Hastings, Facebook Pages, YouTube Channel, and print media like the Southern Nebraska Register.

Before joining the staff for the Lincoln Diocese in July of 2022, Dennis worked for 35 years in broadcast journalism, most recently as news director of Nebraska Public Media.

Dennis has a master’s degree from Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton.

Dennis and his wife Jennifer are members of St. Peter Parish in Lincoln. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

October 20, 2023
3rd Friday Speaker – Anders Peterson

Anders Peterson is the team leader for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this year and has 6 women and 5 men on his team. Anders has been assigned to the UNL campus for 5 years now. He is from a small town of Canton, SD which is 20 minutes South of Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Iowa State University and was a member of a fraternity. As a sophomore, he like  70% of college students, was lonely or very lonely. He would walk past the Newman Center on campus every day and something drew him to stop in one day. There was so much hope and joy with students there that drew him into wanting to return. His junior year he was asked if he wanted to attend a bible study and he did. By the time he was a senior he took RCIA and joined the Catholic faith in 2018. So including this year, he has been a Catholic starting on his 6th year.